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04-04-2010, 07:38 PM   #1
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How many tripods do you own and what lenses/purpose do you use them for?

I have just ordered my fourth tripod and was wondering how many other forum members have and what lenses/purpose do use them for? Also what make are they?

#1) Light weight for air travel only. (No name brand)
#2) General Purpose for camera/lens weight up to 2kg. (Manfrotto 190XB/486RC2 Ball head)
#3) K400/5.6 & K500/4.5. (Manfrotto 055XPROB/808RC4 Three-way head)
#4) K1000/8. (Manfrotto 028B Triman/229 Three-way head)

04-04-2010, 09:48 PM   #2
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I have a Feisol 3 section Tournament with one of their CB-50D heads as my all purpose tripod. I think it is rather light under my 60-250, but it seems to work.
My next size up is a Manfrotto 028, which, as you know, is a beast that will lift a good sized camera such as a 6x7 some 9 feet in the air with ease.
I also have a larger Feisol tripod that holds my Wimberley head. I pretty much have that rig for my 600mm lens. It doesn't see any use otherwise.
I just had a spare plate for it modified with threaded holes so that I can jam the head onto it rather than having it unscrew.
My heavy tripod is a Zone VI standard wood tripod that weighs some 15 pounds. I was using it for a while under my 600, a task it was admirable for, but primarily I use it for holding up my 4x5.
04-05-2010, 10:03 AM   #3
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I'm just starting out, so I've tried to keep costs low.

1) General Purpose - cheap ebay Carbon Fiber (Fancier branded) tripod with Manfrotto 486 ball head. Light enough to carry around all day w/out too much pain.
2) backpacking / travel - Slik sprint mini II. A bit short (chest level), but good enough to keep weight down for my backpacking trips and when I travel abroad.
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Just two at the moment: on the theory that sweat equity doesn't take cash. Biggish one with an as-yet-nice knockoff of an Arca style head, and some clever amateur design from the late 50's-early sixties that lives in the car as a beater.

I'm trying to hold out on spending real money till I know what conditions I'll be living under. But the likelihood is there'll be something smallish in collapsed length, high-quality, and within those constraints, that's as stout and then lightweight as practicable, probably in a travel-type columnless design.

If we end up back in the very snowy place I might prefer old-style wooden-with-platform.

I don't use very long lenses, as a rule. I know the picture would be very different if I did.

04-05-2010, 06:52 PM   #5
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I have two:

1. A super cheap Velbon tripod with a video panning head that I've had for over 10 years.
2. I just picked up a Bogen 3001 with a 141 3-way head at a yard sale. I took it on my first outing today, and I know I'll probably never use the Velbon again, except as a backup.
04-06-2010, 11:26 AM   #6
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I have three tripods:

My main tripod is a Gitzo 320 Performance. It's old and it's heavy, but it can handle pretty much anything I care to throw at it, including long lenses and my Pentax 6X7.
My second tripod is a Bogen 3001. I bought it to use as a lighter-weight alternative to my Gitzo.
My third tripod is a cheapo carbon-fiber tripod with a pistol-grip ballhead. My wife took over my Bogen when she got interested in photography, so this is now the tripod that I toss in the car "just in case".
04-06-2010, 01:09 PM   #7
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Tripods and whatever you can find...

Here's my gear...
Nothing to sneeze at but it all still works. - Jools's Album: foto stuff - Picture

To the left is my Captain Hook Special (soon to be a monopod) and to the right is a Bausch & Lomb tripod that has seen better days but after a little surgery is still working out. I believe in working with what you got.

Seriously, I need to get a better tripod because next to a sharp lens, a decent tripod is gold in the field.

04-06-2010, 01:57 PM   #8
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1. for lightweight travel: Velbon Sherpa Pro 540 + Novoflex Ball 30
2. general use: Fancier CF + Benros KS-2 (up to app. 6kgs)
3. next step up: Gitzo Studex + Manfrotto MA 468 ProBall (up to 8 kgs, MF und LF)
4. for long lenses (500/4.5; 300/2.8+tc, Bigma) Manfrotto 055 + MA 393 gimbal
5. UniLoc Major 2300 for macro and studio work
6. Slik Master Pro + Manfrotto Video head for video

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  • Giottos 9360 for almost everything
  • Slik U-8000 used rarely when a panhead is needed
  • Giottos MV 8250 Monopod used more than I initially thought
Need to get:
  • Slik Sprint Pro II (or similar) for my 35mm film cameras where the weight of the 9360 is a pain
As for heads...I usually use a Giottos 1301 ballhead, but also have an old Bogen 3028 that works well with my 4x5 view camera.

04-07-2010, 11:28 PM   #10
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Velbon Sherpa 200R w/Manfrotto 496RC2 head, very light and very sturdy.
04-07-2010, 11:36 PM   #11
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1.) One, really cheap Vanguard VT-150

Looking to grab a manfrotto 3001 with fluid head or similar in the near future.
04-08-2010, 12:15 AM   #12
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I have two, a mini tripod that I've had for years, and a full size one that I got last year. Both of them aren't high grade but I suppose they get the job done well enough.
04-08-2010, 01:41 AM   #13
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To quote the OP: #1) Light weight for air travel only. (No name brand).

Then a mini one and a small gorilla pod, both leftovers from the compact days.

I've been wanting a sturdier ball-head tripod for ages... will just have to drop hints for the next birthday or something
04-08-2010, 01:50 AM   #14
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I have 3 tripods previously but gave away 2 (including one lightweight no name brand).

Now I am only left with Sakure medium tripod, not too heavy nor light for general all-purpose photography.
04-08-2010, 06:29 PM   #15
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I have two:

1. Manfrotto 190XDB for all around use with a Slik AF-2100 head
2. Induro A313 with a Manfrotto 393 gimbal head to hold a Takumar 500 f/4.5

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